Washington D.C., Aug 24, 2020 / 11:30 am
After President Trump welcomed an endorsement as “the most pro-gay president in American history,” some of the president’s Catholic supporters have disputed the label.
The pro-LGBT group Log Cabin Republicans tweeted a video on Wednesday morning calling Trump “the most pro-gay president in American history,” to which Trump responded on Twitter that night, “My great honor!!!”
Trump’s son Eric called the video endorsement “beautiful,” and he was retweeted by White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere.
Reached by CNA for comment, the Trump campaign did not respond by press time. But Alfonso Aguilar, a member of the Catholics for Trump advisory board, told CNA that Trump was not endorsing every single position of the Log Cabin Republicans with his Wednesday tweet.
“As an orthodox Catholic, I just don’t see any problem with it,” Aguilar said. “Catholics are not anti-gay. We understand the dignity of every human person, and everyone, including LGBT people, are created in the image of Our Lord.”
Catholics “must understand that this president has been very strong on conscience protections and on religious freedom,” Aguilar said, including the religious freedom of business owners—such as photographers and bakers—to conscientiously decline to serve same-sex weddings.
The administration sided with Christian cake-maker Jack Phillips in his case at the Supreme Court against a mandate that he serve a same-sex wedding; the Justice Department argued in a friend-of-the-court brief that “[f]orcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights” in an unconstitutional way.
The Log Cabin Republicans ad noted that Trump is “the first president in American history to be pro-gay marriage from his first day in office.”